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Beacon - the Beginning: A Collection of Stories from 1920's To 1950's

Marilyn Dunne
The Author
ISBN: 9780646969527
Format: Softcover
Quantity in stock: 0

Condition: VG+ (Very Good plus)

Price: $50.00 (inc GST)


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Collection of stories from pioneers of the Beacon district of Western Australia covering first settlement in 1920's through to 1950's and beyond. 

Marilyn Dunne has lived in Beacon for 60 years, firstly as a child then as an adult. She married a farmer and became a wife,farmer and a mother of four children. 50 years of Beacon community involvement has given her a great knowledge of the area, allowing the compilation of a book about the people who pioneered the district, most of whom she knew when she was a child. 

Megan Hele is a graphic artist with her own business known as Megan Hele Designs. Meg was raised on an isolated pastoral property in Western Australia, being home schooled. She attended boarding school in the city for her secondary education. She lives in Perth.

Beacon is a town in Western Australia, in the Shire of Mount Marshall. It is located 42 km or about 26.1 miles north of Bencubbin and 333 km or about 207 miles northeast of Perth.

It is on the northeast border of the Wheatbelt region with agriculture being one of the major occupations in the area. The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.The first European to explore the area was John Septimus Roe in 1836.

Shepherds were known to frequent the area in the 1870s to feed on the open grasslands, they were followed by sandalwood cutters in the 1880s.

In 1889 the surveyor H King explored and charted the region and shortly afterward land was opened up for agriculture around Bencubbin.

More surveyors went to work in 1921 making 1,000 acres (405 ha) blocks and the earliest settlers in Beacon acquired farmland in 1922.

pp. 324 illusts. Signed by Author (inscription). #0618

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